Becoming: Contributors

From right to left: Kristina Krohn, Therese Zink, Aaron Crosby, Mrs. Kahler

Reading and discussion at Eastcliffe Book Discussion Group, the home of Univ of MN President and Mrs. Kahler, April 2012.


Bethany Cook graduated from medical school shortly after completing her international studies in Uganda. She completed a preliminary medicine internship year at UC-Irvine in California, and she is now starting her second year of dermatology residency at the University of MN.


Aaron Crosby is a third year medical student at the University of MN–Twin Cities and edits the body electric





Rachel Hammer is a 3rd year medical student at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction at Seattle Pacific University. She leads a student interest group in humanities and facilitates narrative medicine and creative writing workshops at Mayo Clinic. Her writing has been featured in Abaton, Academic Medicine, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Oregon Quarterly. If you want to dialouge about writing you can reach her on Twitter, Linked in or by email


Kristina Krohn is completing her Pedicatric and Internal Medicine residency at the University of Minnesota and was awarded the 2012 – 2013 Stanford – NBC News Global Health and Media Fellowship. She hopes to improve her journalism skills and ability to be an advocate for global health issues. She has a variety of causes that she is passionate about, including promoting continued work towards malaria eradication, furthering the understanding of the ethics involved in global health training, and investigating the relationship between drug companies, drug shortages, locally made generic medications and drug safety.


Christine Spampinato – Christy is in doing clinical rotations at Mayo. She participated in two more service trips and has conducted focus groups with researchers to better understand patients' perceptions of foreign physicians and how this may affect their health and health care.


Editor, Therese Zink – For the last ten years, Dr. Therese Zink, a family physician, has written award-winning stories on doctoring that have been published in both literary and medical journals and anthologies. She is the editor of The Country Doctor Revisited: A 21st Century Reader (Kent State University, 2010), stories, poems and essays about rural health care today. She encourages and assists medical students with reflection on their experiences as student doctors, writing and publishing their narratives. She cares for patients, teaches, does research and works as a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. Contact Therese.